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Check out the latest updates and in-depth stories from our staff and colleagues in the Midwest.

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Op-Ed

Ohio needs laws and regulators that support renewable energy

How does Ohio move forward and correct some of the residual effects of the First Energy and PUCO corruption scandals? They must repeal HB6 and come back with a bill that stops the nuclear plant bailout and restores efficiency and renewable energy funding.

12/4/20

Robert Kelter

Victory

Amtrak On-Time Performance

After a decade of litigation by ELPC and others, on-time performance standards will make a huge improvement in passenger rail across America.

1/18/21

Kevin Brubaker

ELPC Events

ELPC Thinks: Addressing Farm and Food Challenges with Tech and Innovation

We had a robust ELPC Thinks webinar discussion with Dick Munson about his upcoming book “Tech to Table: Twenty-Five Innovators Who Are Greening Food and Farming.”

1/13/21

Op-Ed

Iowa Can’t Rest on its Clean Energy Laurels

With 49 states trailing in our wake, Iowa has a responsibility to always look ahead with smart policies and bold action. We need to work toward an even more energy independent and economically resilient future.

1/8/21

Steve Falck

Update

Today’s Attack on the Fair Election Process at the U.S. Capitol

Today’s Trump-inspired attack at the U.S. Capitol is an attack on our nation’s democracy. The American public deserves better, and we are stronger than this as a nation.

1/6/21

Howard A. Learner

Update

Federal Fights to Protect the Environment: 2020 in Review

It’s been another very busy year for ELPC, fighting back against an administration that continues to put public health, clean air and water and the climate in the proverbial backseat.

12/29/20

Ann Mesnikoff

Update

NEPA rollbacks will harm communities, not advance transportation projects

An effective environmental review process is critical for protecting our environment, and it does not cause transportation project delays. DOT must halt its NEPA rulemaking which threatens Great Lakes and Midwestern communities.

12/21/20

Rachel Granneman

‘Twas the Night Before

'Twas the night before Christmas and ELPC was striving to fight for resources three: clean air, clean water and renewable power to light up your tree at this Yuletide hour.

12/18/20

Howard's Blog

Effective Advocacy in an Unprecedented Year

This past year will likely go down as one of the most difficult and extraordinary years of our lives. Despite the challenges, ELPC achieved strong results for the environment in the courtrooms, boardrooms, and legislative rooms across the Midwest.

12/17/20

Howard A. Learner

Update

Facing the Public Transit Funding Cliff

Public transportation faces a looming financial crisis. ELPC is leading a Chicago coalition that encourages the Regional Transit Agency to look beyond just federal assistance to deal with the multiple crises facing transit.

12/15/20

Kevin Brubaker

Update

Proposed Line 5 pipeline tunnel puts the Great Lakes at risk, Army Corps must consider climate impacts

ELPC spoke out about the dangers of the Line 5 tunnel and pipeline at this week's Army Corps of Engineers hearing.

12/10/20

Kiana Courtney

Howard's Blog

The urgent need for climate action to protect public health

The Paris Agreement targets are global, but the benefits to public health, the environment and the economy will be seen locally. Illinois will gain from adopting the goals set five years ago in Paris.

12/9/20

Howard A. Learner

Op-Ed

Ohio needs laws and regulators that support renewable energy

How does Ohio move forward and correct some of the residual effects of the First Energy and PUCO corruption scandals? They must repeal HB6 and come back with a bill that stops the nuclear plant bailout and restores efficiency and renewable energy funding.

12/4/20

Robert Kelter

Op-Ed

Cut diesel pollution while maintaining Chicago’s robust freight business

The blessings of convenience and freight-related jobs come with a cost, but there is a way for dangerous pollution to be dramatically reduced while enhancing the Chicago area's booming freight distribution industry.

11/23/20

Susan Mudd

ELPC Events

The Great Lakes, CAFOs, and Water Quality

Senator Cory Booker and Jeff Reutter, former director of The Ohio State University’s Stone Lab and of Ohio Sea Grant join ELPC to discuss how CAFOs are impacting water quality, farmers and rural economies.

11/17/20

Howard's Blog

2020 Post Election Summary and Impacts on Midwest Environment

Learn how the 2020 election will impact the Midwest environment, Midwest Congressional delegation, governorships, state legislatures, and see state by state breakdowns.

11/16/20

Howard A. Learner

Story

Federal Order Boosts Rooftop Solar

FERC Order 2222 allows aggregated Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) to bid into wholesale electricity markets.

11/11/20

Update

Five Reasons Why the State of Michigan Must Consider Climate in the Line 5 Oil Tunnel Decision

The Michigan MPSC Commissioners must allow climate emissions to be considered as part of its review of the permit, both from the construction of the tunnel and from the extended operation of the Line 5 pipeline.

10/30/20

Margrethe Kearney

Story

Keeping our Clean Water Promise

Checking in on environmental enforcement in the Midwest on the 48th anniversary of the Clean Water Act.

10/27/20

Kiana Courtney

Howard's Blog

Let’s Vote – and Then Be Patient

Let’s vote. No excuses. Voting is our civic duty and responsibility.

10/22/20

Howard A. Learner

Op-Ed

Trump’s EPA Putting Iowans & their Waterways at Risk

The Trump administration approach to water pollution has alarming similarities to its approach to coronavirus – ignore it and hope it magically disappears.

10/16/20

Josh Mandelbaum

Howard's Blog

Two New ELPC Reports, Two Very Different Stories

ELPC has issued two new major reports over the past week that help tell the story of the Midwest environment.

10/7/20

Howard A. Learner

Story

Illinois Starts Planning for Life After Net Metering

Illinois is at an energy crossroads. In the coming months, several regulatory decisions could determine whether the state’s small-scale solar and battery storage market wanes or continues to grow. The outcome will shape Illinois’ energy grid of the future.

10/6/20

Howard's Blog

In Honor and Memory of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is one of my heroes – for her path-breaking public interest legal advocacy, for her leadership as a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, and for her values.

9/21/20

Howard A. Learner

Howard's Blog

Defending Public Participation: Zoom Alone Shouldn’t Become New Normal

Public participation matters. Sadly, the Trump Administration is moving to constrain public participation, and some state agencies are also adopting manipulative techniques that restrict effective public participation.

9/15/20

Howard A. Learner

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